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they used chemical weapons on civilians. is intervention inevitable? and speaking of chemical weapons, a new report details how the u.s. once held saddam hussein and the iraqis with its chemical weapons attacks on iranian troops. ♪ tens of thousands gathered at the nation's capital this weekend in remembrance of the 1963 march on washington. even though the nation has come a very long way, many feel that the struggle for martin luther king's dream still continues. more on the sights and sounds later in today's show. it's monday, august 26. pam 5 p.m. in washington, d.c. the national security agency was once the most secretive organization in the u.s. now, hardly a day goes by when we don't hear about the nsa's latest scandal. this weekend was no exception. two major headlines ran on the front pages of newspapers around the world this weekend. the first was a revelation that a number of nsa employees were actually using the surveillance program's capabilities to spy on their lovers. or, as they called it, operation love-int. that's according to the chairwoman of the senate intelligence comm
>> the u.s. government inches closer to military action in syria. the obama administration pushes forward, the international community is urging caution and restraint. more on the growing tensions ahead. the water of the santa barbara coast hide a secret. it has been offshore fracking even though there are no regulations and the coast was once trashed by an oil spill. pay raises and bonuses are usually reserved for rewards for doing good work that is not the case for many of the nations top ceo's, especially at a time of rowing wealth inequality. more on that later. it is friday, august 30. i am megan la paz and washington, d.c.. president obama and his cabinet are still delivering on whether or not the u.s. should become militarily involved in syria and to what extent. six jerry of state john kerry addressed the public reiterating administration rhetoric against bashar all assad. >> our concern is not just about some far off land oceans away. that is not what this is about. are concerned with the cause of the defenseless people of syria is about choices that will direct the effec
and north africa. security visors met to discuss the potential threat. >> i have a guard outside the u.s. embassy in yemen -- a heavy guard outside the u.s. embassy in yemen. searching vehicles as they approach the era. the situation reflects across much of the muslim world as the u.s. closes over 20 embassies in 18 countries as well as issuing the global travel warning for its citizens. a high-level meeting in washington pointing to a potential threat emanating from the arabian peninsula. >> we are taking it seriously. you would expect us to do that. we are reacting to it. >> the threat to western interests wanting others to germany, the united kingdom, and france closing their embassies in yemen for the next two days. paris warning french citizens to remain vigilant. >> we have been informed directly and indirectly of threats that concern our missions abroad as well as our citizens. they come from al qaeda. >> it is the first time since the 10th anniversary of 9/11 that the u.s. has taken such action. the focus on now qaeda was reinforced even further on saturday. interpol issuing a gl
and preparing to fly out of syria. they've finished gathering evidence on the use of chemical weapons. the experts have spent four days collecting samples and interviewing hospital staff. they were looking into allegations president bashar al assad's troops used chemical weapons last week. several hundred people are believed dead from the attack. the inspectors will now send material for laboratory analysis, then they'll report to u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon. syrian state tv has reported foreign minister walid al-moallem spoke over the phone with tun chief. he said syrian leaders would reject the report if they judge it incomplete. u.s. president barack obama says he has not made a final decision on how to respond to the chemical attack. obama said the syrian military's use of chemical weapons poses a security threat to the united states. he said he's considering a limited narrow military action but will not send ground forces. >> part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by inte
in the u.s. military in iraq and afghanistan wars. militants in yemen pose an especially potent threat. >> al qaeda benefits from yemen. the ethnicity of many of its members are of arabic heritage. osama bin laden -- it is close to saudi arabia, there are funding sources from private citizens. >> yemen is on high alert. security has been tightened. multiple checkpoints have been set up and tanks are guarding key installations. the yemeni army has surrounded foreign buildings as well as the airport. the strategic interest to the red sea is also being closely monitored. as muslims celebrate the end of the month of ramen on -- ramadan, the yemeni government says they have foiled a plot by al qaeda. >> the interior ministry has implemented many security plans for safety and stability in yemen. to protect our citizens and the foreigners living here. the united states says it will remain cautious and keep 19 of the 22 diplomatic post closed at least until the end of the week. >> the use of drones is one way the u.s. military has approached unmanned combat. >> they look like something from a
toxic weapons in tunnels found and used by the rebels. 200 days and counting, guantanamo prisoners pushing on with their hunger protest, struggling to change the fate of force-feeding and indefinite intentions. and a digital currency gets real recognition. the german government decides that virtual money bit coin is a legal and private means of payment. international news and comment, live from our studio center in moscow. it has just turned 1 a.m. sunday morning. this is " rt." the u.s. is readying for a possible missile strike on syria and reports say preparations are underway. the pentagon is ensuring that president obama has military options available. he has met with advisers to consider actions following an alleged chemical attack blamed on the syrian government. three destroyers are currently deployed, with reports of another is on the way, all of them carrying up to 300 cruise missiles, which is more than enough to act rapidly if obama wants to order the strike. there is also the nato maritime group, which includes four more ships. and if we look at the mainland, the u.s. a
. first, the latest from syria. >> u.s.says the u.s. is certai's government carried out chemical weapon attacks near damascus last week. obama said the u.s. had not yet decided whether to go ahead with military intervention. the permanent members of the un security council have held talks on a british resolution that could allow military action in syria, but that meeting has ended in deadlock. full report later on in the program. thousands gathered in washington to pay tribute to a historical day for civil rights in the u.s. 50 years ago, in 1960 three, the march on washington and martin luther king junior's iconic "i have a dream" speech changed history forever. i will be back in 30 minutes for more. now back to michelle in new york. >> thanks. despite the situation in syria, u.s. stock markets advanced today comer singh -- reversing two straight sessions of losses. the dow and nasdaq rose 0.4%. the s&p 500 gained 0.3%. we had a big syria fueled selloff yesterday. some traders saw this as a buying opportunity and jumped into the market. still believing the u.s. equity market will rain
>> hello and welcome to "news week south asia." in this weeks episode, u.s. -- lighting indian rupee -- sliding indian rupee. government says no need for panic. and now for all the details. pakistan is already in the dark for harboring seminaries linked with terrorist organizations. ironically, rather than cracking the whip on these groups, islamabad is inclined to host them. recently, another popular seminary is also banned by the united states, but seminary refutes the charges. students and teachers at a pakistani islamic school designated as a terrorist training center by the united dates rebutted the charges and said they had not had a chance to defend themselves against the accusations. the u.s. treasury imposed sanctions on the islamic school, saying it trained recruits and facilitated funding for al qaeda, the taliban, and others accused by indian intelligence of masterminding the 2008 mumbai attacks. the sanctions include a ban on u.s. citizens having anything to do with the schools. the pakistani interior ministry and the army declined to comment , but the school princ
already begun. there is talk of red lines. what about russia and iran? you can tweet us. we are going to resume this our act in the news room. you have the update on most of the stories making news. >> chemical weapons inspectors are in the damascus suburbs. western powers say their trip may be too little too late. peace talks canceled as three people are killed during west bank clashes. the state department and the usa the talks will continue. in china, the trial of bo wraps up. we start with the un's secretary-general, confident and local experts can get the evidence on the alleged despite the time. they have reportedly met wounded people. their convoy was forced to turn back at the point of sniper fire. western powers saint damascus's decision to allow the team access may be too little too late. the military response is one of the options in discussion. an attack last week killed hundreds. damascus has dismissed the accusation with russia warning the west against intervention. >> u.n. inspectors at a field hospital in the suburbs of damascus. this amateur video was posted online hi
on these results. the e.u., great britain and the u.s. have all voiced their concern. john kerry says they are not credible, plus the electoral process was flawed, she says. >> the opposition leader believes it's the beginning of a period of national mourning. the electoral commission confirmed the victory that president robert mugabe had already claimed the day before. the 89-year-old's power uninterrupted and overwhelmingly won another five-year term. the party now holds a 2/3 majority in particlements. this will allow the push-ahead of constitutional changes. the movement for democratic change says his party has evidence of massive vote-rigging, urging a peaceful response to the alleged fraud. he promised to fight the results. >> they are determined to pursue peaceful, legal and diplomatic remedies to resolve this current crisis. once all remedies have been exhausted, the people of zimbabwe should be allowed great opportunity to freely, fairly elect a government of their choice. >> after the last disputed election the m.d.c. entered a power-sharing agreement. tsvangirai has ruled o
<>> the government of yemen has requested a supply of drugs from the u.s. hoping it will help against al qaeda threats. the u.s. attorney for eastern virginia is leaving his post. his office has a history of going after notable figures like cia whistleblower [inaudible] and wikileaks. we will look at what his work means for some of the cases. how about a tax exempt status for atheist groups? there is a battle in the courts brewing over this issue. we will tell you more later in the show. hello, it's friday, august 23 in washington, d.c. we start our newscast in yemen where the countries leaders have requested drone technology in order to increase the country cost defend -- the country's defense against militants. weeks after american drone strikes hit the country nine times in a two-week period. the u.s. and other western countries closed a number of embassies as a result of and i qaeda threat -- as a result of an al qaeda threat. according to the associated press, the president said the u.s. jones had been carrying out attacks in yemen in accordance with an agreement to comb
of heathrow airport. a journalist working with edward snowden, the u.s. intelligence whistleblower suddenly throws a lot of attention on the uk's state in the prison worldwide cyber sweeping revelations. is david miranda complicit to treason? or is this a case of shooting the messenger? the courier of documents that civil libertarians believe should be uncovered are coming up in the debate. we also have our media buzz segment. let's say hello once again. >> the headlines. detained in the wake of the violence, killing hundreds. pakistan's former military ruler charged in the death of 2007. they submerged with some of the heaviest rains on record. we start in egypt. the crackdown on the muslim brotherhood, the state media reporting he will be detained for 15 days, charged with incitement to murder inclination to protests. 900 people, they are dead since security forces stormed the protest camps last week. claire williams has more. >> the army's crackdown continues all the way to the top. this footage shows the supreme leader under arrest. egyptian security forces captured him and two of his d
claim chemical weapons have been used. we are looking at how the west is reacting to both of those stories in this special, too -- part addition of france 24 debate. let's start the hour and say hello once again to chris moore. >> the un security council set to meet on the claims that three used chemical weapons. according to egypt, ordering the release of former president hosni mubarak, they stop short of suspending aid after the crackdown on the muslim brotherhood. 35 years in jail for bradley manning. we start with the u.s. -- un security council set to meet over allegations see reuse chemical weapons. there are conflicting reports from damascus suburbs this wednesday. the opposition says poison gas was used in more than 1300 people killed. bashar assad's government has denied the claims. julia seger has more. >> civilians are shown covering their faces and dozens of bodies lying on the floor of a hospital. the pictures were allegedly shot after the syrian regime launched an attack ad against rebel held areas in the capital city. france 24 was not able to verify the footage. it
we are following this hour. >>> the world braces for a possible military strike by the u.s. and allies against the forces of syrian president al assad. >>> nuclear regulators in japan officially raise the level of the leak of radio active water in fukushima and now consider it a serious incident. >>> and 50 years after his "i have a dream" speech, martin luther king jr. continues to inspire people in the u.s. and around the world with his message of equal rights for all. >>> britain is working to lay the groundwork for international action against syria over allegations the military there is behind a deadly chemical weapons attack. david cameron says his country will draft a resolution to the u.n. security council to protect civilians from this type of attack. cameron says the resolution is based on chapter 7 of the u.n. charter which stipulates how to deal with threats against peace. he will condemn the regime of president bashar al assad for an attack that happened last week. it will be put to the security council in new york on wednesday. britain has urged council member
failed. high levels of radioactivity have detected in the well sites. tepco has been using a hardening agent to try to solidify the embankment of the power plant to a depth of 16 meters. it hopes that might stop the tainted water from leaking into the pacific. but company officials admit water levels in one of the contaminated wells have risen by about one meter since the work began in early july. it says construction work on the embankment is likely causing the problem. the company says it's struggling to harden the top layer of the soil, and water may be seeping out. the failures propted the head of the state's nuclear regulator to credit size the utility. he said tepco had no sense of crisis despite the emergency. >>> japan's government has pledged to lower issuances of new bonds from next spring. prime minister shinzo abe wants to half japan's staggering deficit of $340 billion by fiscal 2015. a government panel has drafted the outlines of a midterm plan to rebuild the nation's fiscal health. the plan lays out specific steps to reduce the deficit. the government wants to improve it
and some u.s. lawmakers are criticizing russian leaders for giving an american fugitive safe harbor. they call it a disappointment and a disgrace. u.s. authorities want the former intelligence contractor because he leaked details of top secret government surveillance programs. snowden walked out of an airport in moscow after spending five weeks inside. he's facing charges of espionage and theft after revealing the national security agency collects private phone and internet data. spokespersons say the edition will ndecision will not affect relations with the u.s. >> we are extremely disappointed that the russian government would take this step despite our clear and lawful requests in public and private to have mr. snowden expelled to the united states to face the charges against him. >> carney suggested president obama may cancel a meeting scheduled next month with vladimir putin. john mccain described russia's decision as a disgrace and called for a review of u.s.-russia ties. snowden's lawyer says his client wants to use his information technology expertise to earn a living in rus
result in military action by the united states and some european nations. some u.s. media report u.s. forces could strike syria within a couple of days. nbc news says senior u.s. officials told them missile strikes against syria could be launched as early as thursday. the sources say three-day strikes are planned and would be limited in scope. they would be aimed at sending a message to syrian president bashar al assad. white house spokesman says the u.s. response to syria has not yet been decided. >> the president continues to work with his national security team reviewing the options available to him. when he has made a decision he will make the announcement. he said the u.s. has a firm assessment that the assad regime has maintained control of the chemical weapons stock pile. carney also said the u.s. officials will release the findings of the probe within a week. >> translator: the chemical massacre of damascus cannot go without a response and france is ready to punish those who took the decision to gas innocent people. he said he will increase french military support to syria's
with syria. the defense secretary saying all options are ready to go when and if the u.s. president decides to strike. how would an intervention be done? that is what we are going to be talking about. you can tweet us at f24debate. back upstairs to the newsroom. all of the stories making news. good evening. >> francois hollande says the alleged chemical attack in syria must not go unpunished. he says france has no obligations to protect civilians and david cameron. the syrian prime minister warns the west against intervention. the u.s. defense secretary says american forces are ready to act. elsewhere, a reshuffle in brazil over a spiking tensions. this after the flit across the border on a person wanted for charges. we start with syria and francois hollande saying a decision will be taken in the coming days in response to the attack in the damascus suburbs. paris was increasing military support to those fighting president assad's army. >> the world is horrified following the confirmation of chemical weapons being used in syria. everything leads us to believe it was the regime that carried
>>> welcome to "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. u.s. governmen officials are warning al qaeda may soon launch terror attacks in the middle east and north africa. they're taking defensive measures to protect american facilities and citizens. state department officials say they'll temporarily close embassies on sunday in 17 muslim countries including iraq, libya, egypt and afghanistan. they issued a global travel alert based on information suggesting al qaeda members are planning attacks. they say they see a threat between now and the end of this month. >>> u.s. officials stepped up their security at diplomatic facility last year. militants in libya killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador in september. a man lit up a bomb this february at the u.s. embassy in turkey. >>> the latest u.s. jobs data are presenting a mixed picture. fewer americans were out of work, but job growth fell short of economists' expectations. analysts are trying to figure out whether the numbers will prompt fed policymakers to scale down their economic stimulus measures. officials at the u
watches to see if the u.s. will launch a military reich against syria. u.s. allies insist syria has used chemical weapons on its own people. a new case of racial profiling with tsa airport security. a man was detained for hours without food or water. he was interrogated, and much more. a look at flying while muslim. >> all men are created equal. >> today is the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march on washington, a day when many americans learned of the dream. 50 years later, is the dream realized? an in-depth look at today's events ahead. it is wednesday, august 28. you are watching rt. we begin with the united states on the verge of military action in syria. today, president obama gave a speech at the lincoln memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on washington, but more pressing on his mind is how the united states and allies will react to an alleged chemical strike in war-torn syria. the special envoy to syria acknowledged special -- some kind of chemical substance was used outside damascus, claiming the lives of more than 1000 people. nato called the attack a cl
. all were feared an imminent attack, the u.s. has evacuated embassy staff out of yemen, a flying them on board a military plane. calling it a coup, senator john mccain becomes the first u.s. representative to call the ousting of mohammed morsi in egypt a coup. in iran, the new president says he is determined to resolve the impasse with the west over iran's nuclear program. he has signaled that he is ready to sit down for negotiations. orion officials have flown to spain to discuss the future of the convicted child rapist and spain. he was refused bail. he was pardoned in morocco to public outrage. stay tuned for more. >> welcome back. we are discussing the world terror threat. our guest is president of the observatory of the black gulf and mediterranean seas. a fellow and researcher, a specialist on afghanistan, pakistan, and al qaeda. joining us is a fellow on the middle east. thank you for staying with us. from hartford, connecticut, we have scott bates, president of the center for national policy. and by satellite from london, he was just speaking at the first debate, he is with th
the takens are alleged to have taken place. u.s. secretary of state john kerry said there's undeniable evidence of a large scale chemical weapons attack. >> president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the word's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> they've been contacting u.s. allies to discuss ways to respond. they plan to carry on with their work, but experts are divided about whether chemical weapons were even used. more from nhk world's chi yam ma geeshy. >> reporter: opposition leaders say the syrian military used chemical weapons last wednesday to hit targets in the suburbs of damascus. they say hundreds of people were killed, government officials argue the claims are baseless. members of the u.n. security council have expressed concern. syrian leaders first refused to grant a team of u.n. inspectors access to the site of the alleged attacks. international pressure caused them to reverse that decision. opinions vary on whether chemical weapons were used. spokes perns for doctors without borders say about 3,600 peopl
we are following this hour. >>> u.s. leaders say they're mulling over military action against syria, but that option has drawn a lukewarm response from other allied countries. >>> workers at japan's crippled nuclear plant are failing to stop leaks of radioactive water. nuclear watch explores a crisis that's pushed government officials to take control. >>> u.n. inspectors investigating alleged use of chemical weapons are scheduled to leave syria on saturday. western leaders believe syrian government forces were behind last week's attack that killed hundreds of civilians in the suburbs of damascus. u.s. president barack obama and his allies are considering military action, but they're facing strong opposition. british prime minister david cameron's coalition government proposed a motion that would have authorized british forces to join a strike, but a majority of lawmakers, including members of his own party, rejected the motion. >> the is to the right, 272. the nos to the left 285. so the nos have it. >> it is clear to me that the british parliament reflecting the views of the britis
is weighing on the minds of decision makers. after the initial outrage over last week's use of chemical weapons, leaders in washington and paris are playing it cautious. syrian intervention? not so fast. we will hear what the world's newspapers have been saying in our media watch segment. in it -- newsroom let's say hello to press. >> the rhetoric on syria, going down a notch, the solution, they say, the goal for a military response. david cameron makes his legal and moral case in the strong opposition against the united nations been unthinkable. one of the most wanted people in india has been arrested. arrested in connection with a series of deadly bombings. >> we start with syria and the united nations council reconvening, coming back from an immediate response. on the ground chemical experts have been at work in damascus and have been called back. washington, london, and paris continued to mull their options. they have promised the country would defend itself against serious aggression. >> on the ground and in the suburbs, recent footage showed a team of weapons inspectors. the un se
in hiroshima to mark the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing. >>> and a u.s. air force helicopter crash in okinawa deepens concerns among residents who worry about the american military aircraft that crisscross their skies. >>> officials appointed by the fukushima government have made an emergency visit to the damaged nuclear plant. they're investigating whether the operator of fukushima daiichi are doing enough to stop leaks of contaminated water, and they're unimpressed by what they found. the 22 officials are part of a council that's overseeing the decommissioning of the plant including municipal government staff and nuclear industry experts. the team inspected areas of the compound where contaminated ground water has been seeping into the sea. they assessed an underground tunnel that's believed to be filled with highly radioactive wastewater. officials then monitored work that's been done to reinforce embankments between the number two reactor and the sea. crews constructed barriers to contain the water. several members of the team voiced frustration at the way tepco has been handli
>> damascus allows you and inspectors access to the site of an alleged chemical attack. the u.s. says it has little doubt that the assad government carried it out, but russia is warning against jumping to conclusions. also this week, bradley manning request a presidential pardon after being sentenced to 35 years in jail for the biggest leak in american history. plus -- >> we were faced with an ultimatum of the british government to hand back the material or destroy it. >> the editor of the guardian newspaper reveals how he was pressured to destroy files he received from nsa whistleblower edward snowden. the top stories this hour. a look back at the top stories from the last seven days, and the latest on rt. damascus has given you when inspectors access to a site of an alleged chemical attack. the u.s. says it is nearly certain the assad government carried this out, a serious response alongside its ally, the uk. >> damascus has agreed to allow the u.n. access to the scene of the alleged attack, but while damascus says it will do its maximum to assure the safety of passage of the
situations. on every subject. understanding the world. imagine in the world. >> the u.s. weighs in on egypt's crisis, explicitly citing with the army. the leaders supporters prepare a new show of demonstrations. a zimbabwe is on the edge of post electoral unrest. the opposition cries foul and we hear the calls fallen on deaf ears. >> the first-round front-runner , the former finance minister. thank you for watching. restoring democracy. they claimed john kerry, the first of the military's actions. >> a civilian government, they are very concerned about that. >> the brotherhood camps in cairo, despite a government warning. catherine, hello. readying itself for confrontation, has there been reaction to his comments? >> as far as the missing brother who are concerned, what they're calling themselves the pro- democracy camp. critical of the u.s. all along for not saying what happened was a military coup. they have to stop and reconsider the $1.5 billion in military aid. they are now firmly behind the new authorities here. the middle eastern boy is due to arrive in cairo tonight and is going to
and surveillance, saying that they are not interested in spying on ordinary people. the u.s. and russia without two -- vow to find ways to mend their disagreements. bloodshed in pakistan. nine people killed as gunmen opened fire at a mosque after a devastating suicide bombing at a police funeral. turkey advises its citizens in lebanon to leave the country if necessary. the lebanese state agency said that it reviews the unknown group has claimed responsibility saying that the hostages would be freed in return for lebanese captives held in syria. u.s. firefighters are gaining ground against the california wildfire that is threatening hundreds of homes. good we the a step closer to finding the model for the mona lisa? -- could we be a step closer to finding the model for mono lisa? the election returned robert mugabe to power. the opposition has evidence that some there were some names duplicated on the list. >> thank you for joining us. our guest discussed molly. >> there is no question that this is a very serious problem. as i was saying, the agreement says that negotiations between the two has to b
>>> welcome to "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. u.s. president barack obama says he's reassessing relations with russia. he says american and russian leaders differ on a growing number of issues. obama spoke two days after canceling a summit with russian president vladimir putin. he says the u.s. relationship with russia changed after putin took over from dmitry medvedev. >> when president putin, who was prime minister when medvedev was president, came back into power, i think we saw more rhetoric on the russian side that was anti-american that played into some of the old stereotypes about the cold war contest between the united states and russia. >> u.s. and russian officials have been at loggerheads over the russian decision to grant temporary asylum to the american fugitive edward snowden. obama said the snowden episode reflects one of many emerging differences. >> it is probably appropriate for us to take a pause, reassess where it is that russia's going, what our core interests are, and cal ib rate the relationships. >> obama said that the russian position on th
.n. inspectors in syria has begun investigating claims that chemical weapons are being used in the country's civil war. the opposition forces on wednesday accused the government of using such weapons leading to hundreds of deaths. the u.n. team is focusing on three locations. they include a suburb in the northern city of aleppo where chemical weapons were allegedly used in march. u.n. officials say they've received reports of 13 cases where sarin and other chemical weapons are suspected of having been used. the latest was on wednesday. an anti-government activist says government forces fired rockets loaded with chemical weapons on an opposition stronghold in a suburb of damascus, killing hundreds of people. another activist says more than 1300 people were killed. a government official denies the allegation. syria's state-run news agency quotes the official as saying the opposition is making the claims to disrupt the u.n. inspections. an anti-government activist has asked the u.n. team to inspect the site of wednesday's attack, but the team's movements and actions are being restricted by th
access. u.s. secretary-general ban ki-moon said they will visit the government officials agreed to a cease-fire in the area to ensure the safety of the investigators. spokespersons for doctors without borders sd three hospitals received about 3,600 people in the hours after the alleged attacks. they say 355 of those patients died. government officials have denied using chemical weapons. state-run tv reported such weapons were found in an armory belonging to opposition forces. u.s. president barack obama discussed the situation with david cameron on saturday. they expressed grave concern over the use of chemical weapons. they also agreed to consult closely about potential responses by the international community. obama convened a meeting of the national security council. he received a detailed review of the options the international community can take in reaction to the alleged use of chemical weapons. u.s. media report that the u.s. reinforced guided missile destroyers off the coast of syria. observers say obama remains cautious about military intervention without any concrete e
nuclear waste for a long period of time, even if earthquakes and crustal movements occur. they'll use knowledge learned from the march 2011 quake and nuclear disaster. >>> athletes and coaches from other countries suspected for years that thir competitors from the former west germany were cheating. now german researchers have reported that doping there was systematic. the government affiliated federal institute of sports science released a report on banned drugs. researchers from humble university in berlin revealed the study. they started engaging in doepg in 1949, soon after germany divided into west and east. by 1960, they used a banned drug, and it was well organized. they say that cyclists and hockey players on national teams were given drugs made from calves' blood. they say the practice was conducted under the pretext of research. the report says even after the reunification of germany in 1990, there were still more loopholes. they're calling for more rigorous testing. >>> senior u.s. lawmakers are to visit japan to discuss bilateral and regional matters with officials. robert
, u.s. politicians consider the idea of american intervention. the large amount of the public remains unpersuaded. in a u.s. colombian free trade deal signed 2011, they are causing colombian farmers big problems. more on this story, coming up. and an nypd officer indicted on lying about the arrest of the new york times photographer. he claimed he was using a bright flash to interfere with another arrest, but the camera did not even have a flash. more on this case in today's show. hello, it is tuesday, august 27 at 5:00 p.m. in washington dc. we start with the latest from syria. u.s. officials have laid the groundwork for a possible military attack. here is chuck hagel speaking to the bbc on the department of defense's preparedness. >> the u.s. department of defense is ready to carry out those options. if that would occur, it would occur with coordination of international partners. >> a response to a chemical weapons attack that occurred outside of damascus on august 21. the international allies say it is undeniable that the syrian president and his regime launched those attacks. the s
>> u.s. president barack obama has canceled plans to meet with russian president vladimir putin in moscow next month. the move comes after russia granted temporary asylum to former natnal security agency ntractor edward snowden. a white house official says obama still plans to attend the g-20 economic summit in petersburg. putin's foreign-policy aide said that president obama's decision to cancel the meeting is disappointing. he says it is clear that the decision is linked to the snowden dispute. he said russia's invitation for obama to visit the country was still in force. they last met in june on the sidelines of the group of eight summit in northern ireland where they disagreed on the syrian crisis. in egypt and thousands of backers of the ousted mohamed morsi are currently camping out in cairo and holding daily protests outside security buildings. a bloodshed in the country may know her son and -- may now worsen. >> rallies supporting mohamed morsi continued on the final night of ramadan. for the first time, balloons joined morsi's pictures and egyptian flags conveying the m
ii, a u.s. warplane dropped an atomic bomb on nagasaki. the explosion killed almost everyone within one kilometer instantly. over 70,000 people died by the end of the year. people from nagasaki, from across japan and around the world gather together every year to remember. [ bell ringing ] at 11:02, the time the bomb was dropped, they pause for a moment of silence. [ bell tolling ] representatives of victims' families, survivors and the mayor presented a list of more than 3,400 names, the names of survivors who died this year and others newly recognized as victims. through the years, more than 162,000 people have been honored. many of those who spoke criticized the japanese government. in april, representatives of more than 70 countries reached an agreement at a conference for the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. their statement said nuclear weapons should never be used under any circumstances. japanese delegates refused to sign. >> translator: if the japanese government cannot support the remark that nuclear weapons should never be used under any circumstances, it implies that the
at a university in okinawa, southern japan are remembering a terrifying day on their campus. a u.s. helicopter crash there nine years ago. the school marked the anniversary by calling for a nearby american military base to be shut down. >> translator: nine years ago, a u.s. military helicopter crashed on campus, went up in flames and terrified the faculty, students and people living nearby. another accident can happen as long as the u.s. futenma air station exists and the osprey aircraft keep flying over the city. >> the president of the university urged the japanese and u.s. governments to close the futenma air station. he said the site should be returned to okinawa. a helicopter from the base went down on campus in 2004. no one died. it was one of more than 40 crashes by u.s. military aircraft in okinawa since the prefecture reverted to japanese control in 1972. last week a helicopter slammed into a hillside at a different base killing one crew member. okinawa assembly lawmakers visited the defense ministry in tokyo to deliver a petition for an investigation. they also handed a petition to t
leadership has acted. he was reluctant to use force to remove morsi supporters. he called on the opposing sides to resolve the crisis through dialogue. leaders from the u.s. and the united nations have also condemned the crackdown. they say it will push egypt further into turmoil. u.s. secretary of state john kerry issued a statement denouncing the heavy-handed actions of security forces. >> the united states strongly condemns today's violence and bloodshed across egypt. it's a serious blow to reconciliation and the egyptian people's hopes for a transition towards democracy and inclusion. >> white house spokesperson josh earnest said the obama administration was likely to suspend its financial aid. the u.s. will give egypt $1.5 billion this fiscal year. most of it will go to the military. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon said he sympathized with egyptians who were weary of the protest, but he urged opposing groups to take a peaceful path towards democracy and prosperity. nhk world's yu kobayashi has been following this story in cairo. he talked earlier about the doubts he sees over the
we're following this hour. >>> u.s. leaders are pointing allies weigh possible military action. >>> there's progress in a humanitarian issue between north korea and japan. experts have arrived in the north to search for remains. >>> and some women in china are finding new ways to cover up during their day at the beach. >>> united nations officials investigating alleged chemical weapons attack in syria say they have postponed a second day of inspections. the united states and some european nations are putting pressure on the syrian government with the possibility of military operations. the u.n. experts left a damascus hotel on tuesday, but they later said they put off their inspections for a day due to security reasons. they called on all parties to cooperate so they can conduct inspections safely. the alleged use of chemical weapons that killed hundreds of people including children happened last wednesday in a suburb of the capital damascus. the opposition forces and the government blame each other for the attack. >> we know that the syrian regime maintains custody of these ch
-- marijuana use is on the rise. >> and here's worse news. most teens probably don't realize what they're risking. scott reports. >> i wish i had an easy job like you have. >> you have the easiest job on earth. you smoke all day! >> [ laughs ] >> in the movies, getting high is often played for laughs. >> in the next couple of hours, i expect the both of us to be blitzed out of our skulls. [ both laugh ] >> but what's not funny is that many of us may be under the influence of a misconception. >> no, i don't think a person is harmed by smoking pot. >> it doesn't really do serious damage, not like tobacco. >> we think that the data shows that one of the main contributors to increased use is the reduction in the perception of risk. >> dr. baler talks like a government scientist because he is one, but he's also a dad. >> so i tend to talk to my daughter about why kids are attracted to these things. after rolling her eyes, she tells me that what kids look for is really natural things because they perceive that they are less dangerous. >> yes, marijuana that comes from a plant natural, but th
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." a u.s. military helicopter has crashed in japan's southernmost prefecture of okinawa. police say some of the crew members sustained injuries in the incident. american officials have confirmed that the aircraft went down during an exercise. the crash occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. within the perimeter of camp hansen, a u.s. military base in the northern part of the main island. u.s. officials have confirmed at least four crew members were on board. they say they don't have any details about injuries. there are no reports of casualties on the ground. local officials say they've been barred from accessing the crash site. the accident involved a u.s. air force hh-60 based in kaneda. it's a type of helicopter used in rescue operations. >> translator: this accident is an extremely regrettable manner. we've asked u.s. authorities to disclose information quickly to investigate the cause of the crash and to take measures to prevent a recurrence. >> residents near camp hansen have expressed their concerns over safety. >> translator: it would be a disaste
with us. >> time for us to bring you the second part of our debate. we are talking about why barack obama and vladimir putin will not be meeting. from syria to siberia, let's bring in our guest, a specialist in the american- russian relationship. and senior fellow ship at the partnership for secure america. was this just for a short time, he is a journalist at the russian service. halfway through this, you are off. we will get your thoughts in a moment. by satellite we have to guess, the director studies at the institute democracy, good to see. in washington d.c., the chief political columnist and one house correspondent for newsmax. what are the issues that could fit into something called human rights under the criminal justice system? your time is scarce. tell us what you have written about its implications and ramifications for all of us. >> i am following this case like you are for several years. each time there's something new, it gets more and more unbelievable if you have read kafka or orwell, this is nothing. they say the russian officials stole 230 million. people put him in pris
investigated and spent 60 days in jail in 1986 for fraud charges that were later dropped. the u.s. one sink used him of being -- once accused him of being involved in the drug trade, an accusation he strongly denied. he claims to have put his past behind him. >> i am not in politics to make myself rich. i am in politics to serve the people. >> he convincingly won elections in april, returning to power the party that was in office for 60 years and played a key role in supporting the military from 1954 to 1989. the party eventually lost to this man, a former bishop in 2008. his controversial impeachment by congress last year led to paraguay boss -- paraguay's exclusion from the regional trade bloc. it is clear the new president has bridges to build. >> we can say we have contradictions between what he said during his campaign and the first weeks of his the -- and the first weeks of his presidency, and now. >> he has chosen technocrats and business people for notes. placing the presidential sash in a peaceful transfer of power has not been the norm in paraguay. democracy in paraguay is among t
. a reminder of who is with us tonight. we have someone from the herald tribune, reuters, vanity fair and "france 24's international affairs specialist. for the break, we discussed the ongoing bloodshed in egypt. let's move to lebanon where at least 24 were killed and 300 wounded in a car bomb attack in southern beirut. the blast ripped through a stronghold of hezbollah. it was the deadliest attack for years. comes a month after another attack killed 50 in the same district. it is being seen as further evidence that the war in syria is spilling across its western border. janine, is this a direct result of what is going on in syria? >> syria is in flames. and lebanon is there, so close. it is an hour-and-a-half drive between the root and damascus. also lebanon has a long runni ng history of being terrified of being plednto civ war becae th endured s much. there is a refugee crisis. all of this destabilizes the region and it does not help the exterior is basically divided along the lines of being supported by shias and sunnis in a proxy war. there is no way you can isolate anything that
was detained in the heathrow airport for nine hours and questioned using the british terror law. now, the british government intimidated him in several meetings over the edward snowden saga and gave him an ultimatum, either destroy all of the material on the matter or shut down publishing operations. here is the explanation on why -- why they decided to destroy the computer hard drives containing some of the secret files. >> i explained to the officials that there were other companies already in america and brazil so that they would not achieving anything but once it was obvious they would be going, i would rather destroy then give it back or allow the courts to freeze our reporting. >> what should we make of it? i was joined by the internet campaign director randy gave us his take on the revelations from the guardian. >> we should be very worried about it. this is an escalation in the battle between privacy advocates and whistleblowers and people in the nsa here in the united states or other intelligence agencies abroad who are fighting for the future of our right to communicate in
are considering all options for dealing with the crisis in syria. u.s. president barack obama says he believes syrian government forces used chemical weapons on civilians. obama and his allies are considering military action. the leader of syria's main opposition alliance is urging a swift strike against the regime of president bashar al assad. syrian national coalition chief made the appeal during talks with french president francois hollande. he stressed the need to seek a political solution, but he added this can only be achieved if the international community is capable of bringing a stop to the escalation of violence. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon says a team of investigators investigating the use of chemical weapons will leave on saturday. >> they will continue investigation activities until tomorrow, friday. and they will come out of syria by saturday morning and will report to me. >> u.n. officials had earlier said the inspectors would stay until early september to conduct investigations at four sites in syria. the u.n. security council has not been able to reach an agreement on h
. >> two days before they came here, they told us the army was planning to occupy our school. in those days, we would see the rockets flying directly above us. that is when my uncle suggested weleave for his atari. -- zitari. one million children have been forced to leave their country and a further 2 million displaced within syrian borders. >> we see this as a children's crisis first and foremost. they are the ones affected by the violence. >> the trauma experienced by so many children accounts for just part of the crisis. highlighting the threats of child labor and trafficking that refugee children face. life is better here than at home. the one thing they all have in common, they want to go home. >> i wish that syria could become peaceful again. that is all i want, for the trouble to stop. i hope everything goes back to normal to the way that it used to be. >> foreign leaders are continuing to react to the gassing of hundreds of syrian civilians, including many children. the line is clearly drawn between supporters and opponents of the regime. russia turned the tables on the opposition,
the world will soon fill a park in nagasaki to remember the city's darkest day. 68 years ago the u.s. military dropped an atomic bomb there three days after it attacked hiroshima. the mayor of nagasakiy is expected to urge the japanese government to do more to rid the world of nuclear weapons. survivors and rel toivs the victims arrived at peace park near ground zero ahead of the memorial ceremony to offer prayers. >> translator: an atomic bombing should never happen again. i hope there will be no more victims. >> the memorial ceremony will begin at 10:35 a.m. japan time. about representatives from 44 countries will attend along with prime minister shinzo abe. the park will fall silent at 11:02, the moment the bomb was dropped. nagasaki mayor tomihisa taue is expected to read a peace declaration. he's expected to criticize the abe administration for refusing in april to sign a statement by the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. the statement called for nuclear weapons never to be used under any circumstances. that wording conflicts with japan's national security policy which places the
into europe and u.s. but now the chinese trafficking ring that has helped them smuggle has been busted. dozens of suspects are being arrested in spain and france. they are expected to elect their new president following months of political turmoil and war. we take a closer look at vote rigging allegations with a local n.g.o. ramadan has ended in blood shedd in iraq more than 70 killed as car bombs exploded in a cafe and market mainly in baghdad. it has been ravaged by a wave of violence. welcome to "france 24." we will go straight to the top story a human trafficking ring has been busted in spain. 75 suspects have been arrested including two chinese ring ladyers they are uzbekistan -- leaders accused of smuggling migrants into the u.s. and europe. spanish and french police have been working hand in hand during this two-year investigation as we have this report. >> it has taken two years to track them down but these are four of the 75 suspects arrested. 51 were detained in spain including the two alleged operatives of the elaborate chinese trafficking ring. this shows the materials used to forg
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